Under the general administrative direction of the Staff Services Manager III and the general clinical direction of the Director of Forensic Evaluation Services in the Sex Offender Commitment Program (SOCP), the Consulting Psychologist provides a variety of forensic psychological evaluation and consulting services. The incumbent must have knowledge of sex offender assessment research, sex offender assessment instruments, case law, federal laws and California statutes. The incumbent must also have knowledge of ethical standards for both general practice and forensic practice as defined by the California Psychological Association and the California Board of Psychology.
Independently evaluate case documents of individuals referred as potential Sexually Violent Predators by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by using standardized protocol established by the Department of Mental Health to determine if the individual meets the statutory criteria.
Respond to questions from non-clinical SOCP staff on clinical issues including, but not limited to, sex offender assessment research, sex offender assessment instruments, case law, federal laws and California statutes, to assist them in making the appropriate decisions in processing referred cases.
Review clinical evaluations, written by other clinicians, to ensure they meet formatting requirements, contain grammatically correct language, are clinically and legally sound, accurate, fact based and well focused on those specific issues that are framed by the language of the SVP laws.
Regular and consistent attendance is critical to the successful performance of this position due to the heavy workload and time-sensitive nature of the work. The incumbent routinely works with and is exposed to sensitive and confidential issues and/or materials and is expected to maintain confidentiality at all times.
The duties may require 30 percent travel to various locations throughout the state as needed, often with little notice.
The incumbent must possess a current license to practice psychology in California.
The incumbent must pass a background check (Live Scan) with the Department of Justice.
The incumbent may be required to testify at Sexually Violent Predator trials.
Candidates should have at least three years of experience in forensic mental health, including interviews and risk assessments of sex offenders.
WHO MAY APPLY
All interested candidates must submit a complete Examination and/or Employment Application form (STD. 678), with original signature, and must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility in item number 12 (Explanation) on the application. A Curriculum Vitae is also required with the STD. 678. Applications without eligibility information will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Appointment is subject to SROA and State surplus policies. Surplus candidates must submit a copy of their surplus status letter. Only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.
If you are not a current or former State employee, you must first take an examination to obtain list eligibility. This does not apply to Student Assistant vacancies.
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